6 September 2012
WorldSkills Pastry Chef Champion Makes TV Debut
By Sally Eley, WorldSkills International
WorldSkills Pastry Chef Champion, Eveline Wild makes her TV debut on Austrian national TV next week when she stars in ‘Frisch Gekocht’ (Fresh Cooked), a weekly cookery show starting on Thursday 13 September.
Eveline won the Gold medal for Confectionary at the WorldSkills Competition held in Seoul in 2001 and since then her career has taken off in leaps and bounds. Starting out in a pastry shop/patisserie in 2001, Eveline went on to work as a ‘Chef Pastissier’ in two 5 star hotels before moving to Vienna to work in one of Austria’s most famous restaurants ‘Steirereck im Stadpark’. Since 2009, she has worked for her family run hotel ‘Wohlfuhlhotel Eder’ (Wellbeing Hotel Eder).
Speaking about how she was selected for her new TV role Eveline said:
“The TV show was looking for a female Pastry Chef and I was recommended by the restaurant I worked for in Vienna. I received a phone call, went for a casting meeting and they offered me the job! It is very exciting but I have to admit to being a bit nervous too. There are always so many people listening very carefully to what I say and do!”
Eveline puts a large part of her success to date down to her participation in skills competitions and her WorldSkills experience.
She explains “Taking part in skills competitions gave my self confidence a very big boost and I think if you trust in yourself everyone else will notice and feel it. I have found that a positive attitude has helped me succeed too and combined with a fair piece of luck and a very supportive family I have been able to get great jobs and the life I always wanted.”
The Confectioner/Pastry Cook competition at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 is set to have the most Competitors yet, with over 20 initial registrations for this artistic and creative skill. WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 will take place from 2-7 July 2013.
For more information on the event and the skills competitions involved go to www.worldskillsleipzig2013.com